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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Doubt

"You haven't the slightest proof of anything!
--"But I have my certainty!"
I had my doubts about seeing Doubt (cheesy pun, i know, but i meant well). I'm not a Catholic and I don't know much about Catholicism and thought most of the movie would fly right over my head. But ironically it didn't. Yes, it set in the Catholic church. But it was mostly about trusting your instincts, standing up for what you think is wrong and protecting yourself and your faith. Portrayed by a stellar cast (dame Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Viola Davis), the movies is about a possible act of indiscretion between the priest and one of the schoolboys that sends a rip right through the church. The headmaster, played to perfection by Streep, is informed by one of the teachers (Adams) that the priest may be having inappropriate relations with a schoolboy. The gossip sends her on a rampage to face the priest and demand his confession of what she thinks he might have done. But it's not really what she thinks, it's what she has convinced herself that she knows. She's using that clear certainty she's created to defame the priest they once all looked up to.
Viola Davis plays the boy's mother who harbors her own secrets, and Amy Adams is the schoolteacher.
It's not so much the movie that's so great. It's the screenplay that's amazing as well as the flawless performances. Don't miss it.

My rating: A

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